San Pedro for Couples- Top 5 Things to Do
It’s just the two of you, and the world is literally at your fingertips. Traveling abroad as a couple can be a thrilling and romantic experience, made all the better when you go into your trip with some idea of what awaits. Sifting through the many activities that a trip to Belize offers, we’ve narrowed it down to 5, all doable in the small town of San Pedro, in the heart of Ambergris Caye.
1. Experience Nightlife in San Pedro
First up, nightlife! While parts of the island are sleepy and quiet, downtown San Pedro can be a lively scene come sunset, especially during the high season. There are many hotspots to choose from right on the water, some actually built out on piers. With warm weather year-round, the evening breeze off the sea is best enjoyed with your tropical beverage of choice, great company and the sound of the waves on the reef.
2. Check Out San Pedro restaurants
Local eats! Belize is a cultural melting pot, and the food scene is all the richer for it. You’ll find flavors commonly found in the Caribbean like jerk and curry, with fresh fruit and fresh seafood enjoy starring rolls on many menus. Lobster season opens in June each year and if you are lucky enough to be here during the week-long San Pedro Lobster Fest you’ll be able to enjoy it in as many different ways as you can imagine. Let’s not forget about dessert. Belize is a proud producer of chocolate and The Belize Chocolate Company Boutique is conveniently located on Front Street right next to the Sandy Point Resorts dock in town. Ask about their chocolate making classes!
3. San Pedro Shopping Musts
While you’re in town, be sure to do some shopping, window or otherwise. There are many gift shops throughout San Pedro, the majority located on Front Street. Locally produced art and jewelry are showcased in air-conditioned comfort. The artisans market on Back Street is chock full of local makers and their wares. There is something for everyone, from hammocks to Mayan weavings to slate carvings and more.
4. San Pedro Attractions & sightseeing
The simple act of sightseeing in a new locale can be thrilling and is often a great way to uncover fun places that you may not have heard of. Renting a golf cart and going for a drive or even just taking a relaxing stroll down the beach is sure to turn up great finds. Secret Beach, though no longer a secret, is an idyllic swimming spot on the lee side of the island. Drive a golf cart out and spend the day in the sea or relaxing at one of the restaurants and bars.
5. Snorkeling & Diving in San Pedro
Snorkeling and Diving! With this hemisphere’s largest barrier reef less than half a mile offshore, exploring San Pedro’s underwater backyard is a no-brainer. Plan a half-day on the reef with an excellent guide and enjoy the many corals, fish and marine critters that populate this unique environment. Dolphins, sea turtles and even the gentle manatee are all possible sightings if it’s your lucky day.
How to Get Around San Pedro
The most popular ways to get around the island are to rent a golf cart or to take a water taxi into town. Golf carts allow you to easily explore on your own time and can be rented right from your resort. The public water taxi makes scheduled daily runs up and down the island’s coast and is a great option as well. Expect the main roads to be paved or cobblestones, with back streets and part of the main road north to be unpaved. The paved road ends at Mile 3.5 North, at Belizean Shores Resort. Throughout Belize, speed bumps are used to control the speed of traffic. Note that banks and ATM’s are only available south of the toll bridge in Boca del Rio, though many stores and restaurants take credit cards. There are a few small grocery shops north of the toll bridge, but the selection and prices are better at the larger stores in town.
Having a game plan of the activities you’d like to prioritize takes the pressure off trying to decide what to do each day. Pick a few must-do’s and if they require a reservation, make sure to plan those ahead of time. This still allows you the flexibility to go where the wind takes you, while also making sure that you don’t miss out on something that you’ve been looking forward to. San Pedro is waiting!